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Hurricane Sally achieves status as Category 2 storm

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Sally rapidly intensified to a Category 2 storm as weather forecasters continued predicting  a trend for a more likely Mississippi Gulf Coast landfall late tonight or early Tuesday night. The heaviest winds near the center have measured at 100 m.p.h., which is significantly up from its previous high winds earlier this morning of 65 m.p.h.

The forward progress of the storm is down to 6 m.p.h.,...

Hurricane Sally intensifies, path still uncertain

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane warnings were extended by authorities from the Louisiana coastline to the panhandle of Florida as Hurricane Sally rapidly increased from a loosely organized tropical storm to a Category 1 storm bearing 90 m.p.h. winds late Monday morning. Authorities believe it will intensify even further over the course of the next 10 hours.

As of 1:00 p.m. CDT, the center of the hurricane was located approximately 125...

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Sally expected to intensify into hurricane

By ALAN SMASON

Tropical Storm Sally continued to intensify as it advanced slowly eastward and slightly away from the Southeast Louisiana shoreline. However, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Alabama coastline seem now to be more at risk as the center has moved slightly and the storm continues to slow in its forward progress, strengthening to near hurricane strength. The major threat from the system comes from downpours that could...

Bahrain will normalize ties with Israel, Trump announces

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bahrain will normalize ties with Israel at a White House ceremony next week, President Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday, less than a month after the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize ties with the Jewish state.

“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in...

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for brokering Israel-UAE agreement

(JTA) — President Donald Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a lawmaker in the Norway parliament who heads his country’s delegation to NATO, nominated Trump, Fox News first reported. Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the conservative-leaning populist Progress Party, told Fox that Trump has “done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace...

Quirky ‘Nita & Zita’ finds a new online home

By ALAN SMASON

A theatre reviewer in a pandemic? Sounds crazy, no? But here in New Orleans with no shows to see, I’ve become more than that. I’ve assumed new roles as a director, a stage manager and in the grand tradition of Bialystock and Bloom, a producer.

How all of this intersected with the story of two long-dead, reclusive New Orleans Jewish sisters is an even more incredible tale....

Sandy Rosenthal releases new book on 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By DEAN SHAPIRO, Exclusive to the CCJN

As New Orleans observes the 15th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the timing was optimal for the release of a new book by one of the most outspoken and influential advocates for the truth being told as to who and what were responsible for the flooding that covered 80 percent of the city, resulting in more than 1,200 lives lost and an...

‘Israel’ and ‘elites’: The Republican convention sends mixed messages to Jews

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Israel came up every one of the four nights of the Republican convention. So did “elites.” Speakers as diverse as Vice President Mike Pence and a lobsterman from Maine cited moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as evidence that President Donald Trump is a man of his word.

Just as reliable were the invocations of “elites,” an amorphous class of people who at best ignored...

Biden closes convention the way he launched his campaign: Repudiating anti-Semitism

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden closed the Democratic National Convention the way he launched his campaign in April of last year: By invoking what he depicted as President Donald Trump’s callousness to racism and anti-Semitism.

Biden, speaking late Thursday night to the convention made virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic, recalled the deadly 2017 neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Remember seeing those neo-Nazis and Klansmen and white...

Liberal Jewish groups defend ADL after renewed attack from progressive coalition

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Liberal Jewish allies of the Anti-Defamation League are coming to its defense after more than 150 progressive groups signed an open letter calling for the ADL to be excluded from social justice coalitions. 

The effort, called Drop The ADL, criticizes the ADL’s work with police forces across the country as well as its support of Israel. Spearheaded by a coalition of pro-Palestinian and left-wing groups...